Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-28: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-28). The Battle Agains the Racist in Chief Wages On. truthdig.com Many dared hope, after the 2008 election of Barack Obama, that the United States could someday enter a "post-racial" era. The election eight years later of Donald Trump to the same office demonstrated, sadly, that the scourge of racism is alive and well in America. Trump's profound racism was described by his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, when he testified before Congress Wednesday. Any attempt to heal the deep wounds of racism that scar this country must include a direct challenge to Donald Trump, our racist in chief. | "I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat," Michae…

Michael Nigro (2019-02-28). At the Southern Border, an Escape Room With No Exit. truthdig.com In December and again in January, I went to Tijuana, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to report on what is happening to the thousands of men, women and children living in an appalling limbo as they seek asylum in the United States. | In Tijuana, there are the refugees themselves, who come from such far-flung countries as Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, and who live in camps all over the city, places that bloom with hope and wither in despair, camps that exist one day and then vanish the next. | This backdrop of humanity supports a bewildering array of refugee ecosystems. There are well-meaning volunte…

Stephen Cooper (2019-02-28). Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty's Racist Roots. counterpunch.org Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven't heard about this travesty of justice (yet), or, if you've forgotten its details, all you need to know about the Keith Tharpe case is: a now-deceased juror who More

EarthRights International (2019-02-28). Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above the Law. globalresearch.ca In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. | The Court's decision marks a defining moment for …

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…

Telesur (2019-02-28). Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board. globalresearch.ca A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …

Jeff Hauser (2019-02-28). Americans Should Fear Trump Apathy. counterpunch.org Figuring out what is and is not an emergency in Donald Trump's America is far from straightforward. On February 15, in order to get funds to build a wall along the southern border of the United States, Trump declared a "national emergency". And he did this even though the situation at the border is in More

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Trump wall protest in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — The evening of February 22, a group of fiery protestors gathered at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, protesting Trump's deceleration of a National Emergency for his wall. The Boyle Heights action was organized by Centro CSO and was one of the protests in response to a call to action made by the Legalization for All Network. | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020. therealnews.com Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-28). Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

WSWS (2019-02-28). France's ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil. wsws.org Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-02-28). 4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. theantimedia.com (VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

David Giesen (2019-02-28). Land and racism, the walking tour. indybay.org American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA | (meet in the lobby)…

susan_p (2019-02-28). Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism. greenleft.org.au It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'

Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-27). Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could. zcomm.org Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. The National Emergencies Act requires Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the House resolution to a vote within Read more…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-02-27). Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could. globalresearch.ca Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National

Howard Lisnoff (2019-02-27). Follow the Money to the Border Wall. counterpunch.org Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind More

commondreams (2019-02-27). Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2019. democracynow.org Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…

Global Research News (2019-02-27). "Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat": Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee. globalresearch.ca We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff Michael D. Cohen. | Cohen's statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, …

teleSUR (2019-02-27). Former Trump Attorney Says President Trump 'Racist…Con-man'. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told the United States Congress Wednesday that Trump is a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat" who knew in advance about a release of emails by the WikiLeaks website aimed at hurting his 2016 Democratic presidential rival. | RELATED: | Cohen Gets Prison, Fined For Orchestrating Trump's Hush Money | Cohen, Trump's one-time "fixer," said Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow during the White House…

STAFF (2019-02-27). Michael Cohen's Testimony Underscores Rifts Between Parties. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): | 6: 10 p.m. | Michael Cohen says he was "humbled" as he left the House Oversight and Reform Committee after daylong testimony. | In a brief statement to reporters, President Donald Trump's former lawyer thanked the committee's chairman, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, "for giving me the opportunity today to tell my truth." | Cohen called Trump a "racist," "con man" and a "cheat" in his testimony. | He says he hopes his testimony "helps in order to heal America." | Cohen starts a three-year prison sente…

STAFF (2019-02-27). Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen. truthdig.com HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…

Brasil de Fato (2019-02-27). Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border. peoplesdispatch.org "It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

ACLU (2019-02-27). North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated. aclu.org The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

Lee Fang (2019-02-27). Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats. theintercept.com Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster. greenleft.org.au American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
| Jeffrey Toobin
| Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics? therealnews.com In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendents of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Lukman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Soloman, hosted by Paul Jay…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-27). WATCH LIVE: Michael Cohen Testifies Trump Is a "Racist Conman" truthout.org President Donald Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, is testifying Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. | Cohen is expected to make his most public and wide-ranging statements detailing his inside knowledge of the president's business dealings, character, and flouting of campaign finance and tax laws. | Watch the hearing below. | The hearing is Cohen's second of three on Capitol Hill this week. According to his opening testimony, which was released early Wednesday, the president's former "fixer" is expected to call Trump a "racist," a "conman," and a "cheat," and express regret for the "mispl…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-27). The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency" truthout.org Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…

RT (2019-02-27). US Marine under investigation for 'dynamite swastika' and other racist tweets. rt.com A Marine stationed in Hawaii is in hot water after an amateur investigator linked him to a series of racist and Nazi-supporting tweets, including a photo of a swastika made from TNT blocks.

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-02-26). Meet Netanyahu's Newest Allies, Followers of an FBI-Designated Terrorist. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu's new coalition, with Likud head Netanyahu at the center, was described by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid as the political equivalent of "a U.S. president cutting a political deal with a leader of the KKK."

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-26). Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

splcenter (2019-02-26). SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration's family separation policy. splcenter.org The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

splcenter (2019-02-26). Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern. splcenter.org The notion that the majority of hate crimes are hoaxes, as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous.

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

RT (2019-02-26). House votes to block Trump's border wall 'emergency'. rt.com The Democrat-controlled House has voted to block President Donald Trump from declaring the emergency he needs to build his wall, but the votes fell short of the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.

RT (2019-02-26). 'Colored'? IBM apologizes for eyebrow-raising race tags in job posting. rt.com Tech giant IBM has apologized for the "racially insensitive terms" that appeared on its recruitment website, claiming…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. democracynow.org Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…

ACLU (2019-02-25). The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures. aclu.org The justices held that the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities' abusive reliance on monetary penalties to raise money. | Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments — not just federal authorities. | The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself remarkable. But it bears noting that in…

Ronald Katz (2019-02-25). The Supreme Court Has Undone a Century of American Opposition to Sports Gambling. thenation.com The Supreme Court Has Undone a Century of American Opposition to Sports Gambling…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-24). Trump's Border Wall: Who Profits? therealnews.com Infrastructure, military, and security companies line up to take a piece from the budget for the Border Wall, funded by Trump's National Emergency declaration…

Eds. (2019-02-23). Venezuela denounces false positives orchestrated by the right. mronline.org The Venezuelan borders continue to be the focus of world public opinion as the scene of battles and political provocations against the threat of the opposition to force this Saturday a humanitarian channel supported by the United States. | Source

splcenter (2019-02-23). Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges. splcenter.org A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-23). Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid in. venezuelanalysis.com Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.

Julia Gavarrete (2019-02-23). Honduran Teen Fled Gangs at Home Only to Be Murdered While Stranded at the U.S.-Mexico Border. theintercept.com The murder of Jorge Ruiz and another teen casts into stark relief the dangers faced by unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.

2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

The Battle Agains the Racist in Chief Wages On
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
Many dared hope, after the 2008 election of Barack Obama, that the United States could someday enter a "post-racial" era. The election eight years later of Donald Trump to the same office demonstrated, sadly, that the scourge of racism is alive and well in America. Trump's profound racism was described by his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, when he testified before Congress Wednesday. Any attempt to heal the deep wounds of racism that scar this country must include a direct challenge to Donald Trump, our racist in chief. | "I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat," Michae…
truthdig.com/articles/the-battle-agains-…

At the Southern Border, an Escape Room With No Exit
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
In December and again in January, I went to Tijuana, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to report on what is happening to the thousands of men, women and children living in an appalling limbo as they seek asylum in the United States. | In Tijuana, there are the refugees themselves, who come from such far-flung countries as Yemen, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, and who live in camps all over the city, places that bloom with hope and wither in despair, camps that exist one day and then vanish the next. | This backdrop of humanity supports a bewildering array of refugee ecosystems. There are well-meaning volunte…
truthdig.com/articles/at-the-southern-bo…

Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above the Law
EarthRights International | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. | The Court's decision marks a defining moment for …
globalresearch.ca/world-bank-group-not-a…

Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/s…

Genocide Survivors Demand Elliott Abrams Leave Holocaust Committee Board
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-28
A group family member victims of the 1940s WWII Holocaust and U.S.-supported 1980s genocides in Central America are calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council's Committee on Conscience to remove Elliot Abrams from its board, questioning how "a proven …
globalresearch.ca/genocide-survivors-dem…

Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty's Racist Roots
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven't heard about this travesty of justice (yet), or, if you've forgotten its details, all you need to know about the Keith Tharpe case is: a now-deceased juror who…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/keith-tharpe…

Americans Should Fear Trump Apathy
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
Figuring out what is and is not an emergency in Donald Trump's America is far from straightforward. On February 15, in order to get funds to build a wall along the southern border of the United States, Trump declared a "national emergency". And he did this even though the situation at the border is in…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/americans-sh…

Trump wall protest in Boyle Heights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Los Angeles, CA — The evening of February 22, a group of fiery protestors gathered at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, protesting Trump's deceleration of a National Emergency for his wall. The Boyle Heights action was organized by Centro CSO and was one of the protests in response to a call to action made by the Legalization for All Network. | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/t…

France's ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…
therealnews.com/stories/canadian-company…

Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-government-institutionalises-hatred-and-racism

Land and racism, the walking tour
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2019-02-28
American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA | (meet in the lobby)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/26/1882147…

Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(ZH) — The potential for major war to break out along the India-Pakistan border continues to build after Pakistan said it shot down Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir. India confirmed only one downed aircraft, and its foreign ministry also said a Pakistani jet was hit in retaliation, going down on the Pakistani side of the …

Enraged India Deploys Tanks on Pakistan Border as Tensions Escalate Toward Full-Blown War

4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

4 Mistruths About Venezuela’s Humanitarian Aid Showdown

Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/specter-of-fasci…

To beat fascism, you need an alternative: Lessons from the 1930s
David Rosenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-27
Last summer, Britain's seemingly disparate far-right forces took anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigners by surprise when they filled Whitehall with 15,000 people. They were there to support Tommy Robinson, a leader in the racist anti-Muslim movement who was at the time temporarily held in prison on a contempt of court charge. The emotive themes he had …
peoplesworld.org/article/to-beat-fascism…

Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-02-27
Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. The National Emergencies Act requires Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the House resolution to a vote within Read…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/congress-is-unlike…

Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump's "Emergency," But Lawsuits Could
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
Today, the House of Representatives is poised to adopt a resolution overturning Donald Trump's trumped-up "national emergency" proclamation, in which he claims authority to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall at the southern border. | The National …
globalresearch.ca/congress-unlikely-stop…

Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-27
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/27/his…

Former Trump Attorney Says President Trump 'Racist…Con-man'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told the United States Congress Wednesday that Trump is a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat" who knew in advance about a release of emails by the WikiLeaks website aimed at hurting his 2016 Democratic presidential rival. | RELATED: | Cohen Gets Prison, Fined For Orchestrating Trump's Hush Money | Cohen, Trump's one-time "fixer," said Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow during the White House…
telesurenglish.net/news/Former-Trump-Att…

"Trump is a Racist, a Conman, a Cheat": Michael D. Cohen's Testimony to US House of Representatives Committee
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-27
We are bringing to the attention of our readers the testimony of former Trump staff Michael D. Cohen. | Cohen's statements are backed up by documents made available to the House Committee on Oversight. The testimony includes reference to fraudulent transactions, …
globalresearch.ca/trump-is-a-racist-a-co…

Trump, at North Korea Summit, Distracted by Cohen
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
HANOI, Vietnam — The moment was meant to be a grand diplomatic triumph, a headline-dominating spectacle that could lead to the disarmament of a dangerous nation while delivering a vital political victory. | Instead, President Donald Trump's high-stakes summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday was in danger of being upstaged by a monumental betrayal unfolding half a world away in Washington. | Hours after Trump sat face-to-face with Kim in Vietnam, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sat before Congress and testified that his longtime boss was a "con man" and a "racist" who lied…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-at-north-kor…

Michael Cohen's Testimony Underscores Rifts Between Parties
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-27
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local): | 6: 10 p.m. | Michael Cohen says he was "humbled" as he left the House Oversight and Reform Committee after daylong testimony. | In a brief statement to reporters, President Donald Trump's former lawyer thanked the committee's chairman, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, "for giving me the opportunity today to tell my truth." | Cohen called Trump a "racist," "con man" and a "cheat" in his testimony. | He says he hopes his testimony "helps in order to heal America." | Cohen starts a three-year prison sente…
truthdig.com/articles/michael-cohens-tes…

Chavistas Celebrate the People's Victory after 15 hours of Conflict on the Colombian Border
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-27
"It was 15 hours of fighting and no deaths," said Freddy Bernal, the national government official, last Saturday 23rd in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, after the end of the clashes between the supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and supporters of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader. | The weekend was marked by tensions on the Venezuelan border with Colombia, where protesters opposed to the Bolivarian government tried to force the entry of "humanitarian aid" from the United States into the Venezuelan territory. The government of Nicolás Maduro accuses that the action is an attempt to infiltrate a "Trojan horse…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/27/chavistas…

February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14354

Follow the Money to the Border Wall
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
Readers may rightly believe that the government and segments of this society have fallen to their absolute lowest levels just as a new outrage becomes obvious. Such is the case with Trump's (read his far-right handlers) border wall. What are the objectives of the border wall? In other words, just what does the man behind…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/follow-the-m…

Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14355

North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-27
The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump's "Emergency"
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to reallocate money for a border wall that Congress has refused to fund, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that "a Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well." She suggested that a future Democratic president could enact gun control initiatives by calling a national emergency over gun violence. Other Democrats, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, have floated similar id…
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WATCH LIVE: Michael Cohen Testifies Trump Is a "Racist Conman"
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
President Donald Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, is testifying Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. | Cohen is expected to make his most public and wide-ranging statements detailing his inside knowledge of the president's business dealings, character, and flouting of campaign finance and tax laws. | Watch the hearing below. | The hearing is Cohen's second of three on Capitol Hill this week. According to his opening testimony, which was released early Wednesday, the president's former "fixer" is expected to call Trump a "racist," a "conman," and a "cheat," and express regret for the "mispl…
truthout.org/articles/michael-cohen-set-…

Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendents of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Lukman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Soloman, hosted by Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/sanders-and-syst…

Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.
theintercept.com/2019/02/27/hr1-bill-vot…

Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst | Jeffrey Toobin | Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…
greenleft.org.au/content/patty-hearst-and-slas-militarist-disaster

US Marine under investigation for 'dynamite swastika' and other racist tweets
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-27
A Marine stationed in Hawaii is in hot water after an amateur investigator linked him to a series of racist and Nazi-supporting tweets, including a photo of a swastika made from TNT blocks. | …
rt.com/usa/452513-marines-nazi-twitter-r…

Meet Netanyahu's Newest Allies, Followers of an FBI-Designated Terrorist
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Netanyahu's new coalition, with Likud head Netanyahu at the center, was described by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid as the political equivalent of "a U.S. president cutting a political deal with a leader of the KKK."
mintpressnews.com/meet-netanyahu-newest-…

Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/d…

SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration's family separation policy
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-26
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/26/splc-state…

Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-26
The notion that the majority of hate crimes are hoaxes, as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/26/unreported…

Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-26
Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.
mintpressnews.com/civilians-dead-wake-sa…

Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/d…

'Colored'? IBM apologizes for eyebrow-raising race tags in job posting
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
Tech giant IBM has apologized for the "racially insensitive terms" that appeared on its recruitment website, claiming…
rt.com/usa/452508-ibm-racist-posting-col…

House votes to block Trump's border wall 'emergency'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-26
The Democrat-controlled House has voted to block President Donald Trump from declaring the emergency he needs to build his wall, but the votes fell short of the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto. | …
rt.com/usa/452509-trump-wall-emergency-b…

The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-25
The justices held that the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities' abusive reliance on monetary penalties to raise money. | Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments — not just federal authorities. | The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself remarkable. But it bears noting that in…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-cr…

The Supreme Court Has Undone a Century of American Opposition to Sports Gambling
Ronald Katz | thenation.com | 2019-02-25
The Supreme Court Has Undone a Century of American Opposition to Sports Gambling…
thenation.com/article/sports-gambling-su…

The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-25
Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/th…

Trump's Border Wall: Who Profits?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-24
Infrastructure, military, and security companies line up to take a piece from the budget for the Border Wall, funded by Trump's National Emergency declaration…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-border-wa…

Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-23
A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/23/patri…

Venezuela denounces false positives orchestrated by the right
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
The Venezuelan borders continue to be the focus of world public opinion as the scene of battles and political provocations against the threat of the opposition to force this Saturday a humanitarian channel supported by the United States. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/23/venezuela-denoun…

Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid in
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-23
Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14347

Honduran Teen Fled Gangs at Home Only to Be Murdered While Stranded at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Julia Gavarrete | theintercept.com | 2019-02-23
The murder of Jorge Ruiz and another teen casts into stark relief the dangers faced by unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.
theintercept.com/2019/02/23/unaccompanie…